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Call IMC Chair To Order, Ngor Okpala Tells Imo Govt, Accuses Him Of Running LGA As Sole Administrator

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The people of Ngor Okpala have called on the governor of Imo State to call to order, the Interim Management Committee Chairman, Mayor Nweke to order before the Local Government turns into anarchy.

This follows a report of high handedness amongst other vices that the chairman is accused of.

Information from the Local Government revealed that the chairman hardly involves other stakeholders particularly the councilors in the running of the council, an act described as against the directives of the state government.

Speaking to Lead, one of the councilors who spoke on the guise of anonymity posited that the said chairman has since the inception of his office, not held what he termed F8G meeting where issues bothering on the state government’s mandate is discussed.

Some of the persons interviewed alleged that during the Woman August meeting held at the Ngor Okpala/Aboh Mbaise Federal Constituency, the Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000,00) empowerment by the First Lady, Barr. Mrs. Chioma Uzodinma, meant for the less privileged and down-trodden, were manipulated and shared among the wives of the councilors and stooges of the local government chairman Hon. Mayor Nweke.

Our investigation reveals that seven (7) months down the line, the council has not appointed supervisory councilors to oversee the affairs of the departments, with some of the councilors alleging that he appointed over fifty (50) aides without due process, never presented the issue nor discussed it anywhere, as he does not call for meetings. They went on to say that he does not inform them of what he does.  The reason for his attitude is that he has people at the Government House that will always protect him because, according to our source, he was not made the chairman by Ngor Okpala Leaders, and therefore, he does not owe any explanation to any leader in Ngor Okpala.

According to one of them, “The palliatives and fertilizers sent to Ngor Okpala by the State Government were solely handled by him, without recourse to his colleagues the councilors and even party leaders. The truth is that we are not being carried along, and as such, we do not know what he is doing.

The committee members who carved anonymity (because of fear of being maligned) further alleged that the Twenty million Naira (N20M) released to each Local Government Area for renovation and resuscitation of infrastructure at the council headquarters was arbitrarily spent by the chairman without due process, as they were not informed by him.

They were emphatic that their interest was based on probity, accountability, and transparency, lamenting that, Hon. Nweke went behind them and compiled the lists of food vendors and those recruited into the Imo Security, in their wards-they lists, they stressed were made up the name of his cronies, without their knowledge and members of AA, Uche Nwosu, and Rochas Party.

Describing him as the “Lord of the Manor” they maintained that he does not heed to advice neither from their Traditional Rulers nor party leaders from the area and passionately appealed to the Government to investigate his activities.

All efforts made to get Hon Mayor Nweke to react on the allegation proved abortive as his mobile phone number was not available.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

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The Senate, after a two-hour session on Wednesday at plenary confirmed the appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission.

Bawa was nominated for the role by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

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Speaking during the screening, the new Chairman denied an allegation that he sold the seized property in EFCC custody at its Port Harcourt Zonal office.

He said the seized property in Port Harcourt were properly disposed off by the agency’s officials from its headquarters.

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Abaribe Strikes As Adeyemi Calls Abia Governor Drunkard

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There was a mild drama in the Senate on Tuesday following the statement by Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi) that Abia State is governed by “drunkards.”

Adeyemi, while contributing to a motion on Safe School Initiative in Nigeria, described Abia State Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu as a “champagne drinking man”.

The lawmaker was clearly responding to a social media post linked to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is from Abia State, allegedly casting slanders on the person of Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello.

Nevertheless, Abaribe said he was astonished that the Kogi senator was referring to a statement he never made.

Adeyemi said while some governors were committed to the welfare and protection of their citizenry, Abians “are governed by drunkards”.

He said: “Some governors are committed to the protection of their people. In my state, the governor awarded contracts for the renovation of schools and provides security services to them.

“In some states of Nigeria today, where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like Abia, they are governed by drunkards. The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man.”

At this point, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautioned him against the use of insulting language.

In his reply, Abaribe expressed astonishment over Adeyemi’s “drunkard” comment and encouraged his colleague to apologise to the governor of Abia.

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Abaribe said: “Mr President I will like to make a clarification. Unfortunately, what has happened here today is one of the problems that you see on social media. I never made any comments on the governor of Kogi State. Never.

“What has happened is what we see going on today. People write something and tag your name to it. And if you don’t ask question, you will not know whether you actually made the statement or not.

“I’m very astonished that my good friend and colleague decided to open up on the governor of Abia for something I never said.”

Lawan interjected, saying the air was cleared now and asked Abaribe to address the motion.

Abaribe agreed but said Smart owed an apology to the governor of Abia for the very bad statement he made that had no basis.

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Okorocha’s Misdeeds In Imo — Uzodinma

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Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, yesterday, said he had no personal dispute with his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha.

The clash between the supporters of the governor and his predecessor resulted into to the death of two persons on Sunday over the sealing of Royal Spring Palm Estate Hotel, Akachi, by the state government.

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state is tangled in a crisis following the political differences and feud between Okorocha and Uzodinma.

Speaking after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, the governor faulted the claims that he was plotting Okorocha’s assassination.

“I don’t know about any attempt to assassinate Okorocha, rather what I know, is I have no personal issues with Okorocha.

“You will recall that before I became governor, the Ihedioha administration set up a judicial panel of inquiry to look into acquisitions and allegations of lands, converting government lands to personal property, and then removing private lands from individuals and giving them other individuals.

“The judicial panel of inquiry chaired by a judge met and they brought their job to a conclusion. And a white paper has since been raised.

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“You know institutions and agencies that are involved with implementation are doing their job. And the only thing I know is that a few days ago, the former governor went with his thugs to one of the properties sealed by government. You people saw it, it was live.

“He went there with thugs, wounded the policemen there, wounded the NSCDC officer, who is currently still in the hospital and then broke in and entered.

“Of course, you must have heard him say that he is richer than government and that he is above the law. I am not directly involved. It is a position taken by government.

“There is a difference between governor and government. The government of Imo State sealed the property. And I think that if there is anything anybody considers not right, the person should go to court to redress the issue and not take the law into one’s hand, or take to self-help.

“I remember that under Ihedioha, there was a recovery committee, chaired by one Jasper Ndubaku. When they tried to visit Okorocha’s house, they were beaten to a stupor. And the same man who did that is now doing the same thing and almost killed the man who did it during his time,” Uzodinma said.

Meanwhile, Okorocha has debunked the claims that all the 14 persons arrested in connection with the invasion of Royal Palm Spring Hotel were his aides.

Okorocha, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media), Sam Onwuemeodo, said only two of the defendants were his aides.

He said 11 others were staff of the hotel, while one was a social media influencer, who was there to do his job.

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